The porthole liner for the loo and a new ignition switch both arrived on Friday. Great excitement. Off I went to Constance to fit them. First I had to remove loose tiles around the opening.
Whilst I was fixing tiles to the wall I could see the stern end of a narrow-boat drift slowly by the loo porthole. It was the boat that was (should have been) moored behind me. There was nobody on board and the doors were still locked. Out with the boathook and hammer. Catch the boat (62') and manhandle it back to where it should have been moored. All three of its mooring pins had been ripped out of the ground. Find new places to bang in pins, tighten everything up and hope for the best!
Back to the porthole. The depth of the porthole liner was a problem. I am not sure how to get over that one. It needs to be 1.5" deeper than the one supplied. Back to the drawing board.
Other than that it was a lovely weekend.
The ignition switch has been intermittent ever since I have owned Constance. Finding the 'Glowplug' position was only possible by looking closely and the 'Battery Voltmeter' and watching for a dip the voltage. When moving the key to 'Start' only caused a 'click' to be heard until the key was taken back to 'Off' then back to 'Start'. It is amazing how we learn and live with these foibles. Anyway, I now have a brand new ignition switch that works first time, every time. Hurrah!
Roanne Loire Valley
1 day ago